The Majestic Fenders of Horch

August Horch established the Horch brand in 1899 at Cologne. Conflicts with the financial officer forced Horch to set up his second company, the Audi Automobilwerke in Zwickau. In 1932, Horch was merged with Audi, DKW and Wanderer to form the Auto Union AG. Horch was the most successful automotive manufacturer in the displacement class over four litres with 55% of the market share. The luxury car manufacturer was known for its long flowing fenders. The Horch factory at Zwickau produced the legendary Silver Arrows Grand Prix racing cars of the Auto Union in the 1930s.

Horch 10-12 hp Tonneau

In 1903, Horch presented the Tonneau bodied model which produced 10-12 hp. The 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine model was limited to 40 cars. The rear axles of the cars of those days were driven by chain, but this tonneau had a shaft instead for transmitting power from front to rear.

Horch 10–12 hp 2-cylinder Tonneau, 1903
Horch 10–12 hp 2-cylinder Tonneau, 1903

Audi 14/35 PS Type C Phaeton

Horch stated that “with the design of this automobile we were at least ten years ahead of our time”. This car won the Austrian Alpine Rally for three successive times between 1912 and 1914. The production number of Type C Phaetons was 1116.

The original Audi 14 hp Type C Phaeton which won the Austrian Alpine Run in 1914
The original Audi 14 hp Type C Phaeton which won the Austrian Alpine Run in 1914

Horch 670 V12 Sport Cabriolet

The Paris Motor Show of 1931 saw Horch introduce the technologically advanced 670 V12 Sport Cabriolet. The V12 engine showcased the best engine technology. It used a hydraulic valve clearance adjuster and vibration dampers to ensure smoothness during running of the vehicle. The production number of the V12 Sport Cabriolets was only 58 between 1931 and 1934.

Horch 670 V12 sport cabriolet
Horch 670 V12 sport cabriolet

Horch 853 Cabriolet

In 1935, Horch introduced the straight 8-cylinder 100 bhp engine with a displacement of 5-liters. The shorter wheelbase version was termed as the 853. The 853 became extremely popular for the luxurious features it offered for a competitive price. Later in 1937, Horch presented the 853A Sport Cabriolet with a powerful 120 bhp engine. It was considered as one of the finest cars ever produced by Horch in terms of performance, luxuriousness, styling and its unique long flowing fenders.

Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet
Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet

Horch 855 Special Roadster

The most exclusive and expensive model ever built by Horch was the 855 Special Roadster. Horch built only seven of these Special Roadsters. A 120 hp producing V8 engine powered this  car. The 855 was one of the luxurious cars of that era.

The luxurious Horch 855 Special Roadster
The luxurious Horch 855 Special Roadster

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